Posts By Glenda Sims

Glenda Sims is the Team A11Y Lead at Deque, where she shares her expertise and passion for the open web with government organizations, educational institutions, and companies ranging in size from small business enterprise. Glenda is an adviser and co-founder of AIR-University (Accessibility Internet Rally) and AccessU. She serves as an accessibility consultant, judge, and trainer for Knowbility, an organization whose mission is to support the independence of people with disabilities by promoting the availability of barrier free IT. In 2010 Glenda co-authored the book InterACT with Web Standards: A holistic approach to Web Design.

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Understanding WCAG 2.1 – Reviewing Cognitive Success Criteria

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Hello, everyone! We are back on our accessibility adventure through WCAG 2.1, the seventh public working draft! This draft was published on December seventh by the W3C. Our focus today is going to be on the success criteria that are coming up as proposals in WCAG 2.1 that are focused on the needs of people with cognitive disabilities. In our last episode, we talked about… Continue Reading Understanding WCAG 2.1 – Reviewing Cognitive Success Criteria

Understanding WCAG 2.1 – Reviewing Low Vision Success Criteria

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Hi, everyone! I'm back to talk more about WCAG 2.1 and its latest December 7th working draft. We actually had a separate recording of this video ready to go, but since latest version, there have been a few changes so we have an up-to-date video ready for you. This video focuses on low vision and offers a brief overview of the other topics that we'll… Continue Reading Understanding WCAG 2.1 – Reviewing Low Vision Success Criteria

Understanding WCAG 2.1: What to Expect

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Here we are on a quest to answer the question "What is WCAG 2.1?" My intention is to address this in a few posts. You might find some added context in my first post about the history of WCAG.  As a contributor to W3C's Accessibility Guidelines Working Group, helping to craft the next version of WCAG 2.1. let's talk more here about what to expect… Continue Reading Understanding WCAG 2.1: What to Expect

Understanding WCAG 2.1: A History of WCAG

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What is WCAG 2.1? Ooo that's an exciting question. I'd like to address it in parts if you don't mind. My name is Glenda "The Goodwitch" Sims and I've been in the field of accessibility since before 2000. Right now, I have the great privilege of being an active member of the Accessibility Guidelines Working Group at the W3C. That's what I do as a… Continue Reading Understanding WCAG 2.1: A History of WCAG

Accessibility Prioritization: Your Tactical Roadmap [Part 2]

In the post I published a few days ago I shared how to  efficiently create a strategic accessibility prioritization plan.The strategy is based on the fundamentals of  defining a standard and identifying core digital properties and functions of your business.  - in order to help you understand how to prioritize what to fix first. Now that we've laid the groundwork for your accessibility strategy, it's… Continue Reading Accessibility Prioritization: Your Tactical Roadmap [Part 2]

Accessibility Prioritization: Laying the Foundation with a Strategic Plan [Part 1]

Stategic A11Y Prioritization Matrix. Litigation risk on x-axis. User impact on y-axis.

You know you have accessibility issues that need to be fixed...yesterday. Maybe you've hired an accessibility consultant to tell you what's wrong with your site or mobile application.  If you've hired an accessibility consultant, most likely they've given you an assessment with a list of all the issues. At Deque, for example, the first accessibility project with new clients is often an  assessment and remediation… Continue Reading Accessibility Prioritization: Laying the Foundation with a Strategic Plan [Part 1]

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